Chasing the PB…

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While I was out running today, the words to write were floating around in my head, but, now I am here, they have disappeared and I am at a loss as how to describe my feelings…

Over the last 4 weeks, I have knocked out “Personal Best” after “Personal Best” (PB) which every runner strives for. This can only happen for so long, then it will be back to the chase. So far, I have taken over 5 minutes from my 5k time and today, approximately 8 minutes from my 10k time.

It has not been easy, but the weight loss I have experienced is definitely the main reason for this, along with my Coach and hubby (one and the same person…)

Today I used the  Run Walk Run method, as recommended by Olympian Jeff Galloway. The intervals used were a 1.6k warm up, followed by 3:30 (3 minute run and 30 second walk) and then a final push on the last kilometre (with no walk breaks). The total time was 1:19:25.

Often associated with beginners, the Run Walk Run method is a sound training plan that has also found it’s way into the ┬átraining programmes of intermediate AND advanced runners to increase their mileage, reduce injury and help prevent burnout. It is also suggested that the walk breaks are taken from the start, not once you are tired. There are many running groups on Facebook that advocate this method, one being “Girls That Jeff – GTJ”…

I will continue to train for that elusive Half Marathon, and hope that I can put it under my belt soon.

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Running Resolutions

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And what to do about them…

I shared the “No Meat Athlete” and his 12 monthly running challenges in my last blog post. I slowly read through them, and have now decided on a plan of action to make me a better runner.

I have decided to embrace 6 of the 12 and hopefully by this time next year I will be a “stronger, faster, smarter, well rounded runner”… (watch this space)

Challenge 1: Strength Work

Challenge 2: New work outs, to include hill sessions, sprints, fartlek & intervals

Challenge 3: Mile PB

Challenge 4: 5k PB

Challenge 5: 13.1 Half Marathon (I like those numbers better, it doesn’t seem as far)

Challenge 6: 30 day squat, plank or pushups

I have the privilege of being married to a running coach, so I am sure he will now keep me on my toes and make sure that I am performing to the best of my ability.

 

If you have any other suggestions, please feel free to get in touch…

Happy Running

 

2016

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Recap

2016 seemed to be pretty uneventful, till you go into your stats and see exactly how far you have come.

According to the Garmin, most steps in a week was actually last week…121,719. This was achieved easily as I was on Annual Leave (for the first time in a year). Strava, which is linked to the TomTom, had me at 31.3K for the week and Boxing Day gave me the most steps for a day, with a total of 25,427. My best month was March, which saw me complete “A Mile A Day” or #MAD as we like to call it. And my longest run, so far, was the 17K Bellarine Rail Trail, but it only logged a total of 16.8k.

In 2015, I ran a total of 189.65K. In 2016, I more than doubled that amount to 429.83K. If I use this data for next year, I have to run at least 13k a week.

2016 was the year I turned 50 and brought me my Australian Citizenship.

2017

Now to look forward to what I would like to achieve this year…

I will use the Run/Walk method and complete a 13.1mile distance, however, I will not do this at a paid event.

I will also draw up a plan to incorporate 12 monthly challenges to help me be the best I can be. It will include my #MAD, cycling, swimming and maybe some selfies along the way.

With my change of diet, 2017 has kicked off on a positive foot & I need to carry on with these positive thoughts and actions…

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